THE MUSICIANS IN
NEW YEAR’S DAY
IN 17TH CENTURY VIENNA,
JANUARY 1, 2008 IN TORONTO
New Year’s Day in Vienna is a special day for
music-lovers. And Canada’s Musicians In Ordinary have an extraordinary
Viennese New Year’s Day treat.
In what may become a tradition, soprano Hallie
Fishel and lutenist John Edwards present their second annual New Year’s Day
concert of music from 17th century Vienna. It takes place
Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 2 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave.
(north of Scollard Street in Yorkville; Bay St. subway).
Joining Fishel and Edwards are special guests
Christopher Verrette and Cristina Zacharias, violins, and Laura Jones, viola
da gamba. Edwards also performs on the theorbo, a large cousin of the lute.
Tickets are $20, $15 seniors and students, and may
be purchased at the door. For information, call 416-535-9956, e-mail
Last year’s New Year’s Day Concert from 17th
Century Vienna was such a success the hall was filled to overflowing.
Instead of the traditional Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s frothy mix of
waltzes, polkas, marches and 19th century operetta, audiences
were regaled with corenti, gagliardi and excerpts from 17th
century operas celebrating Hapsburg imperial weddings.
As John Edwards says, "The Vienna Phil has been
playing Trisch-Trash and Blue Danube for nearly 70 years now.
We’re starting a similar tradition, but we’ll give our audience a chance to
hear some "new" old music by composers less well known, who worked in or
wrote for the Viennese court in the 1600s. How did the Austrian capital get
so Italian? It’s easy: all of the musicians who were working there were
Italian in that century."
The January 1 concert includes music by Claudio
Monteverdi (1567-1643), the father of opera, who dedicated prints of his
music to the Emperor; as well as less familiar names Giovanni Felice
Sances (ca 1630-1679), a Neapolitan who was head of music in Vienna;
violin composer Giovanni Buonamente (late 16th
century-1642); archlute and theorbo composer Pietro Paolo Melli and
There will also be a violin sonata by Schmelzer
and a Viola Bastarda decorated version of Suzanne Un Jour – the
original chanson of which was written by the famed Orlando di Lasso –
with the viola divisions by Spanish-born Bartolomeo De Selma y Salaverde,
who worked in Innsbruck and Vienna. (The Spanish kings and the Holy Roman
Emperors were all Hapsburgs at the time, so that kind of movement was
MIO’s guest string players are accomplished
specialists in this early Baroque repertoire. Violinists Christopher
Verrette and Cristina Zacharias are both members of Tafelmusik, Canada's
Baroque Orchestra. Verrette is also a founding member of Ensemble Ouabache
in Indianapolis and the Chicago Baroque Ensemble. Zacharias collaborates
frequently with musicians and ensembles of all descriptions, in Canada, the
US and Europe. Laura Jones is a regular member of the Talisker Chamber
Players, L’Intemporel Baroque Ensemble, and the Ossia Ensemble, as well as
being principal cellist and gambist of the Nota Bene Period Orchestra, and
assistant principal cellist of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.